Growth takes time, investment, creativity, and a lot of patience. The most successful projects acknowledge that one of the most important parts of growth isn’t just that of your bottom line. Relationships are vital in everything we do and that’s why helping our clients connect with their communities has continued to be one of Commonwealth’s strongest company principles for over three decades.
We value and understand the importance of protecting and managing cultural and natural resources to provide communities access to those resources as well as perspective into their local history. We work with clients to navigate through the intricate process of working with numerous stakeholders, preparing and submitting regulatory documents, and providing a streamlined process to ensure timely project completion.
In the long run, one of the most important aspects of our work is helping companies to make strong, lasting connections with the people in their community. Some might call it public relations, and that’s certainly a good way to look at. However, there may be some that think of ‘PR’ as a megaphone, with a firm blaring out a loud message without inviting feedback. That’s why we prefer to think of this aspect of our work as facilitating dialogue that invites a larger investment from those in and around proposed development, infrastructure improvement, or rehabilitation projects.
One success story that highlights that strategy is our work with Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) in Carmel, Indiana. Even though they weren’t required to, CCPR contacted Commonwealth to ensure that all state and federal regulations were met, to assure the community of their commitment to be responsible when/if there was a need to address local cultural resources. Their work has not only set the tone for all development in Hamilton County, but their project offers a blueprint worth adopting.
We’ve learned that sitting down and letting the local communities have a voice can serve two key roles, especially when project managers engage them as an opportunity for open dialogue. First, inviting your community to be a part of the process allows them to adopt a sense of ownership and true engagement. That inclusion can often help to spur development and offer credibility that the project team is going about things the right way. Second, listening to the primary topics and overall tone can help craft an effective message and enhance the project going forward. It’s then possible to address concerns head-on with all the information based on this initial feedback. We offer public meeting services, as well as the ability to facilitate meetings with Native American communities, designed to make the most of any introductory conversations.
Make A Statement.
This allows our team to move forward projects that have protected cultural resources along the needs of the general population. By assisting clients with the proper documentation and completing any paperwork that might be required, staff can effectively supply information that allows the community and other regulatory parties access to project information. Constant communication, effective information management, and positive, inclusive messaging can keep your project in the right light.
Say It Right.
The final piece of having a strong relationship is understanding who is on the other end. Over the years, we’ve gained valuable insight on how to best represent not only the businesses with whom we work, but also the concerns of the communities in which those businesses operate.
We believe that by investing in relationships, we can help clients and agencies find the right balance between preservation and development, bridging the gap between their project and the communities it lives in.
Ready to learn more about what Commonwealth Heritage Group, Inc. can bring to your next project? Let’s get started. Contact us today!